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Connie McCarthy
Connie McCarthy is passionate about her work as a teacher of young children. She has devoted her entire career to making sure that her students do well at school, right from the start. Connie has an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education, and a Master’s Degree in Special Education. She has been teaching first grade in East Providence, R.I. for 23 years, where she received the distinction of “Highly Qualified Teacher” by the Rhode Island State Board of Regents. Connie also taught nursery school for four years, and published numerous articles on early education in East Bay Newspapers in Bristol, R.I. She’s also been published in PTO Today Magazine. She lives with her husband, Brian, and has a daughter and a son, both young adults. Connie enjoys reading, writing about elementary education, and taking long walks with friends. During summer vacations, she likes to travel with her husband. She also loves reading readers’ comments on her weekly blog posts.


A "Synonym" is Not Something You Put on Toast!

Mar 20, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parent Involvement, Kindergarten, Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

 A few years ago, when I was introducing word categories to my 1st grade students, I asked if anyone knew what a “synonym” was. I called on one student who was enthusiastically waving his hand. “Oh yes... Read more
Kindergarten Math: The Common Core Standards and 4 Geometry Activities

Mar 12, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, School Curriculum, Parent Involvement, Kindergarten, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Math being taught in kindergarten classrooms today includes geometry as children learn about different geometric shapes. This is due to the establishment of the Common Core Standards for Education, which was developed by the... Read more
Introduce Your Young Reader to the “H Brothers”

Mar 05, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Kindergarten, Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Once young readers learn to blend letter sounds, they can easily sound out a new or unfamiliar word—that is until they encounter one of the “H Brothers!”   The “H Brothers” are consonant dig... Read more
Help Your Beginning Reader Become a “Decoding Detective”

Feb 28, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in SchoolFamily.com, School Success, School Curriculum, Parent Involvement, Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

 To increase reading levels, beginning readers need the confidence to decode new and unfamiliar words.  A simple way to do this is by building on words they already know.  Teach your beginning reader the fun of... Read more
Vacation Fun, No Reservations Required!

Feb 18, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in SchoolFamily.com, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Kindergarten, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

School vacation can be a great time for family fun. Here are some simple ways to keep young children productively engaged, using all five senses (note that these activities can be enjoyed either at home or away on vacation): ... Read more
This Valentine’s Day, Keep Sugar Levels Low and Math Levels High

Feb 11, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Motor Skills, Kindergarten, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Health and Fitness, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Young students love Valentine’s Day and all the treats that go with it. This year try something different. Instead of letting your child eat those small Conversation Hearts, use them for some easy, fun, and colorful mat... Read more
In Praise of the Average Reading Student

Feb 07, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Supplies, School Curriculum, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Homework, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

I’m writing this week in support and recognition of all the wonderful young students who fall into the under appreciated category of “average” when it comes to their reading.   Average means that a chil... Read more
5 Ways to Help Your Advanced Reader

Jan 30, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Kindergarten, Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Gifted and Talented, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

  Last week I wrote about struggling young readers, and offered some strategies to help these children succeed.  But, what if your child is an above-level reader?  How do you keep an advanced reader challenged ... Read more
What If My Child Isn't Reading As Well As His Friends?

Jan 23, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, School Success, Learning Disabilities, Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Often, when parents hear that other children their child’s age are reading higher-level books, they have concerns about their own child’s progress.    There may be several reasons why your child isn&rsqu... Read more
Start Using Those S.A.T. Vocabulary Words Early

Jan 16, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, High School, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy, College

We were recently visiting a family friend, a young woman who's a great young mom with two active preschool children. It was impressive to hear her speak and explain things to her son and daughter. I complimented her on her gr... Read more